Kids' Travel Guide to the Armour of God
Highly adaptable & full of ideas
The KidsÃ¢ÂÂ Travel Guide to the Armor of God is a GREAT book! IÃ¢ÂÂve been using it as my Ã¢ÂÂidea bookÃ¢ÂÂ to do a weekly chapel message for about 100 children ages 4-10. However, it was written for a classroom that might have many different ages, and so it is highly adaptable.
There is a reproducible activity for each lesson. Plus lots of hands on stuff to do to reinforce the lesson. And thereÃ¢ÂÂs so much material for each lesson, that itÃ¢ÂÂs easy to just skip whatever doesnÃ¢ÂÂt work or fit, and still have plenty.
The other thing I REALLY like about this book is that it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt just do the pieces of the armor of God. It really does a good job of helping you lead the kids through Ephesians 6:10-20. So it covers the things Paul says about being strong in the Lord and resisting the Devil and what that means. There are two intro lessons before you get to the armor of God, that are foundational. Wisely, the author understands that Ã¢ÂÂfighting the devilÃ¢ÂÂ could be a scary concept for little kids, so the first lesson is called Ã¢ÂÂNo FearÃ¢ÂÂ and it talks about how powerful God is, and what it means to depend on God. Also, after talking about armor, Paul talks about prayer, which is really a part of this passage as well, so there is a lesson about that as well. There are 13 lessons, all are very Scriptural, and I highly recommend you do all 13. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a great book!
There was only one lesson, where I changed the main teaching point. The book is Biblically faithful and accurate, but the lesson on Fitted Feet was about telling others about Jesus, whereas me being a pastor, I studied the passage in depth and realized Paul is actually talking about Ã¢ÂÂstanding firmÃ¢ÂÂ in the Gospel, not so much evangelism there. Most interpret that part Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂfeet shod with the readiness of the Gospel of peaceÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ as being about going and telling the good news. But in studying the passage in depth, I realized that Paul is actually talking about being ready to stand firm and resist the DevilÃ¢ÂÂs schemes because we stand on what Christ has already accomplished for us at the Cross. EvangelismÃ¢ÂÂs good, but that particular phrase is about the security we have in Christ, in my opinion. Anyway, the book does a good job of talking about standing firm in the Gospel elsewhere, so iI was OK with that one minor difference. :-)
The other thing I have done that the book provides is a coloring sheet (I turned mine into a transparency) with two kids wearing armor. They can color in the one piece of armor on the day that you talk about that piece, until the whole thing is colored. So at the beginning of each lesson, It gives the kids a cool visual to remind them what they have covered and what they are covering that day for that lesson.
January 22, 2013
something different and fun for the kids
I was looking for a Sunday School lesson plan with some spark and some room to improvise without losing the message. I found it in this series. I haven't started using it yet, as our quarter isn't finished, but I am definitely looking forward to the new lessons.
October 14, 2011
Typical Group style lessons.
These lessons are very typical of Group curriculum, which I don't like. It doesn't break down activities into section, just blends together and you have to pick it apart. The stories and ideas don't coincide with what my idea of The Armor of God represents.
September 29, 2011
GREAT INSTUCTION FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL/VBS TEACHERS
THRILLED TO FIND THAT THIS PRODUCT SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS AND IS JAM-PACKED WITH TERRIFIC IDEAS IN EXPLAINING GOD'S ARMOR TO YOUNG CHILDREN.
June 18, 2011